JANUARY 8, 2022
Arbery’s death is being referred to as a modern-day lynching.
All three men convicted in Ahmaud Arbery’s murder sentenced to life in prison.
The three men convicted of murdering Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced in Georgia on Friday. Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael, both received life in prison plus 20 years without the possibility of parole. Their neighbor, William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years. The three men were found guilty on multiple counts of murder for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man fatally shot while out for a jog on February 23, 2020.
So what actually happened on that fateful date of February 23, 2020?
Arbery had been pursued by three white residents – Travis McMichael and his father Gregory, who were armed and in one vehicle, and William “Roddie” Bryan, who was in another vehicle and recorded the pursuit and shooting on his cell phone. Ultimately, Arbery was being followed by Bryan’s vehicle while the McMichaels’ vehicle had been stopped in front of Arbery.
After Travis exited his vehicle and wielded a shotgun, Travis and Arbery engaged in a physical confrontation, during which Travis shot Arbery.
Police interview transcripts detailed that Gregory initiated the chase after seeing Arbery running past his house, suspecting that Arbery had committed burglary or theft in Satilla Shores, but no evidence has emerged to corroborate Gregory’s suspicion.
According to police testimony, Bryan told police that he saw the chase, joined in independently, tried to “corner” Arbery with his vehicle five times, but was not sure if Arbery had done anything wrong. Arbery had entered an under-construction house with no doors five times in five months, including once shortly before the shooting. Security camera video from inside the house showed no evidence of theft.
The Glynn County Police Department (GCPD) said the Brunswick District Attorney’s Office advised them on February 23 to MAKE NO ARRESTS, but the Attorney’s Office denied that its top officeholders gave such advice. Waycross District Attorney George Barnhill TWICE ADVISED THE GCPD TO MAKE NO ARRESTS, once on February 24, before he was assigned to the case on February 27, and a second time on April 2 while announcing his intention to recuse himself from the case due to connections between HIS SON and Gregory McMichael. Barnhill requested recusal on April 7, and the case was sent to the Atlantic District Attorney’s Office on April 13.
At the behest of Gregory McMichael, a local attorney provided a copy of the video of the shooting to local radio station WGIG, who posted it to their website on May 5. The video went viral, having also been posted on YouTube and Twitter. Within hours, Atlantic District Attorney Tom Durden said a grand jury would decide whether charges would be brought, and accepted an offer from Governor Brian Kemp to have the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) investigate the case.
Video of the shooting is within the TMZ article – I have been restricted to post the full video of the murder on this platform. Click the link below and then go to Youtube for the full video of the chase and murder of Ahmaud Marquez Arbery.
The GBI arrested the McMichaels on May 7 and Bryan on May 21, charging them with felony murder and other crimes. Meanwhile, the case was ultimately transferred to the Cobb County District Attorney’s Office. Additional evidence was presented by the prosecutor to support the murder charges, including a statement to the GBI by Bryan that Travis said “fucking nigger” as Arbery lay dying.
On June 24, 2020, a grand jury indicted each of the three men on charges of malice murder, felony murder, and other crimes. The three men later went on trial in November 2021 in the Glynn County Superior Court, where they were convicted on November 24, 2021. On the charge of malice murder, the jury only convicted Travis McMichael. For the other charges, the jury convicted all three men of felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.
JUDGE SENTENCING – HIS STATEMENT
PROSECTION REQUESTS LIFE WITHOUT POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE
JUSTICE HAS COME THROUGH ONCE AGAIN!
A tragic murder of vigilance, 3 men who took the law in their own hands with guns in tow, and no comprehension of just a young man going out for a jog.
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